Your Engagement Timeline: Part 1

You just got engaged? Awesome! Now what? 

The planning process for your big day can be stressful and time consuming. But, lucky for you, we created a timeline that will guide you through the first phase. We'll dive into the details of each checklist item in future posts, but it's good to have a handy list like this for reference. You’ll have to check back later for the last 6 months ;)

Upon Engagement:

  • Talk with your fiancé about what type of wedding you would like
  • Establish a budget
  • Pick a timeframe
  • Start a guest list

If this seems overwhelming for you, now is the time to book a wedding planner!


10-12 months before:

  • Select your bridal party and invite them to be a part of your wedding!
  • Choose your ceremony and reception site based on your budget.
  • Make sure you factor in what vendors are allowed to be at your selected venues and that you factor this into your budget.
  • Have an engagement party thrown for you!


8-10 months before:

  • Book the caterer if you haven’t already.
  • Order your wedding cake or start tasting cakes to figure out what combinations you like.
  • Make sure the wedding gown is selected and ordered. Allow AT LEAST 6 months for this.
  • Book your band or DJ, photographer, videographer, and floral company.
  • Reserve any room blocks at suggested hotels for out of town guests. (We have a few preferred hotels we can get you in contact with, just ask!)
  • Register at your favorite home goods stores! Crate and Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, Williams Sonoma, and Macy’s to name a few…


6-8 months before:

  • Send your “save the date” cards
  • Order bridesmaid dresses
  • Check on availability for additional vendors, such as cake, transportation, and musicians.
  • Plan your honeymoon!
Calihan Blog Staff